Producer: Trackmasters, Mariah Carey

MC Shan's "The Bridge" is an all-time hip-hop classic, a celebration of Queensbridge's role in hip-hop history, the world's introduction to a long-running creative crucible for generations of artists to come. Allure, naturally, needed a rap star from Queens to fill in the guest spot when they nabbed Marley Marl's beat, years before Nas released "Da Bridge 2001." Allure became the first group to sign to Mariah Carey's Crave Records, and in 1997, "Head Over Heels" helped MC Shan hit the Top 40. —David Drake

Inspiration: MC Shan "The Bridge" (1987)

Producer: Marley Marl